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Alex Bedford now works full time for Unity Schools Partnership as their Trust Primary Adviser. For more information please email 

Packed with knowledge and cognitive skill to bring about a better understanding of:

  • Stone Age
  • Bronze Age
  • Iron Age
  • Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England

A knowledge-rich book to help you plan well-sequenced, connected and cognitively challenging lessons. Intelligently writen to support teachers with their planning, teaching and assessment.

It spans four terms of learning in one book!


Our Island: KS2 Knowledge and Sequence Planners

From the Stone Age to the end of the Viking era


Each period of time is packed with essential detail:



    Essential Knowledge & Vocabulary

Detailed Timelines

Knowledge of the World



Sequence of Learning planning 
with increased cognitive 
challenge to help pupils Acquire, Apply
and Deepen knowledge

Resource templates and worked examples
 to support successful learning 


Assessment Tasks, directly 
linked to the National Curriculum, 
to test how well pupils understand the knowledge 
taught and how skilful they are with it

Subject Evaluationguidance and templates to check
 that provision is effective


Coming soon from Alex Bedford Education:

The Ancients: KS2 Knowledge and Sequence Planners
British History: KS2 Knowledge and Sequence Planners

Beyond Living Memory: KS1 Knowledge and Sequence Planners




Each period of time includes:

a summary over time, outlining the long arc of chronology
mapped in chronological order to save you time and enable you to decide specific dates and events to teach
dates, events, cultural development, people and places
a wide range of subject specific, tier 3 words to help pupils connected and understand the content
maps outlining significant sites and locations
suggestions to sequence learning so that pupils aquire essential knowledge and  activities to increase cognitive skill
tasks to assess UNDERSTANDING
examples and templates to use, including how to elaborate vocabulary and explanations; learn about the origins of words; connect and compare ideas as well as retrieve knowledge


The creator of Pupil Book Study, Alex is proud to work for Unity Schools Partnerhsip as the Trust Primary Adviser.

  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Feedback
  • Learning Observations
  • Book Study
  • Depth and Mastery
  • Curriculum Design, including knowledge and sequence planning


Alex also works with schools focusing on Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Design. 


Staff found all aspects of the day exceptional. There was a suitable balance between the theory and the practical ideas, the resources which were used to exemplify the teaching and learning were fabulous and Alex’s delivery was just inspiring.


We have undertaken follow up sessions ourselves and all staff have implemented many of the approaches discussed. The quality of work produced by the children reflects how well they are enjoying their topics.


- Nin Matharu, Head Teacher, Kings Hill Primary School, West Midlands


We all thoroughly enjoyed the day thinking about continuous provision and how we can incorporate it into our way of teaching and learning. Alex’s knowledge and passion for the curriculum was inspiring and all teachers are now using ideas in the classrooms. 

Tara Davies, Principal, Our Ladies Catholic Primary School, Oxford


Alex was an inspirational speaker who inspired my staff. He made it seem simple and easy to adapt any changes. Fantastic twilight perfect for inspiring staff on the new curriculum.

Emma Hardy, Headteacher, Ecclesall Infant School, Sheffield

Grand Curriculum Designs is a pioneering programme for curriculum leaders, enabling real and sustainable school improvement through practice-focused professional development.



'I now see the value of collecting baseline evidence and the different ways of evaluating impact…it's not just about vague feelings and gut instinct'.


'We're not just talking about a prescribed list of subjects on a timetable but something which shapes pupils' futures and impacts on their lives in substantial and meaningful ways'.

A pioneering new professional development programme for school leaders and other educators, Grand Curriculum Designs has been recently piloted with twenty schools. The programme will provide schools with the skills to design curricula that are flexible, innovative and responsive to the needs of their students and communities.

The 21st Century Learning Alliance brings together industry, government and teachers to bring robustness to learning in the 21st century.

We are a unique and powerful forum that uses our skills, experience and networks to debate difficult and sensitive issues in an open and honest way.  We publish the best and most innovative practice, especially in the uses of technology for learning.  We have created a network of teachers and senior managers who are able to support each other in developing innovative learning and we challenge industry to bring to the market innovations that support teaching and learning.

The 21st Century Learning Alliance has established its credibility as a robust link between educational organisations and commerce to stimulate improvement and change through expert, evidence-based advice at the highest level.

The 21st Century Learning Alliance is directed by a board of up to 25 representatives of schools & colleges, government agencies and industry.   The current board consists of the following:

Benedict Arora
Alex Bedford
Sir Tim Brighouse
Jonathan Dale: Assistant Director, On-line Learning, NCSL
Gavin Dykes
Deborah Eyre
John Fairhurst: President, ASCL
John Howells: Headteacher, Leasowes School, Dudley
Marilyn Leask: Professor of Education, Brunel University
Glen Mayoh: Head Teacher, Abbs Cross School & Arts College
Amanda Peck: Babcock 4S
Martin Ripley: Managing Director, World Class Arena
Annika Small:  Director, Nominet Trust
Nick Stacey: Director
Sir Mike Tomlinson
Mick Waters
Jim Wynn: Promethean

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